Ime Udoka will not be resigning as Celtics head coach as he awaits potential punishment from the organization according to a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo! Sports:.
Chris Mannix of SI.com previously reported on Thursday afternoon that Udoka had been considering resignation as he awaits a possible suspension from the team for a reported consensual relationship with a female staffer.
Udoka is expected to be suspended for a full season by the Boston Celtics according to multiple reports. Joe Mazzulla is projected to take over as interim head coach in Udoka’s absence according to a league source. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.com reports that the violation involves Udoka’s role in a relationship with a female member of the franchise’s staff, according to sources.
In an appearance on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Wednesday night, Wojnarowski also discussed the potential timeline for the length of the suspension being decided on by the organization in the coming days. The team released no statement as of late Thursday afternoon.
“I do think there is clarity looming on the possible length of this suspension,” Wojnarowski said Wednesday night. “Perhaps in the next 24-48 hours. I think that is coming. This is moving quickly here in recent days. For this Boston organization on the cusp of training camp scheduled next week, this is certainly a significant derailment for them.”
Udoka was set to enter his second year as head coach in Boston before the organizational turmoil. He is coming off a terrific rookie season at the helm in Boston where he led the team to its first NBA Finals appearance since 2010 with seven-game series wins over the Bucks and Heat in the postseason run. Udoka went 51-31 in the regular season before helping the Celtics advance to the NBA Finals, completing a remarkable turnaround after a 20-21 start to the regular season.
Celtics training camp will begin on Tuesday with the team having Media Day for the entire organization on Monday.